Will injured Pronger be set for duty?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

DALLAS -- "I'm day-to-day with hurt feelings."

Not a bad line from defenceman Chris Pronger yesterday while talking about his bruised right foot, but his timing leaves a bit to be desired.

With Michael Peca rejoining the Edmonton Oilers today after missing two games with a concussion, and possibly returning against the Dallas Stars tonight, there's a chance Pronger will be on the shelf with a bruised little toe after blocking a shot early in Friday's 7-2 laugher in St. Louis.

Pronger will be a game-time decision.

"We'll see how it feels. Hopefully, it continues to get better," said Pronger, who'll wait until after tonight's game to get a precautionary X-ray. "We're a little thin back there as it is."

Pronger played almost 25 minutes against St. Louis, despite taking a shot off the toe cap in the first period while killing a 5-on-3 advantage for the Blues.

He didn't skate yesterday.

"When you get hit like that, you don't want to take your boot off because as soon as you do, you're done," said Pronger, who broke a foot blocking a shot during the 2003-04 season.

OTHERS ON LIMP

With blue-liners Marc-Andre Bergeron (broken and lacerated finger), Cory Cross (sprained MCL) and Igor Ulanov (broken toe) on the limp, indications are Pronger will play tonight.

Ulanov, hobbled by a broken big toe on his right foot, was supposed to be activated tonight, but was hit on the toe by a shot in practice yesterday and is doubtful.

The toe is very swollen and the big Russian left the rink with a pronounced limp.

Peca, meanwhile, who has been out since getting starched by Rick Nash of Columbus Nov. 1, skated symptom-free Friday and Saturday with Kelly Buchberger in Edmonton.

NEXT BEST BET

If he's not ready to get back at it tonight, a return in Nashville tomorrow is the next best bet.

"We'll see how he's feeling. He's day-to-day," coach Craig MacTavish said of Peca. "There's a chance for him (tonight), although it's probably remote as I said before. Until I talk to him, I won't know for sure."

AROUND THE RINK: Marty Reasoner has had two X-rays on his badly swollen right hand, and while both have come back negative, he definitely won't play tonight or tomorrow ... Jussi Markkanen will make his 11th straight start in goal.


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